Category Archives: Race Reports

Special report in from the IAU 100 km World Championships, Los Alcazares, Spain

Here’s a dispatch from Team USA runner Matt Flaherty, straight from the International Association of Ultrarunners 100 km World Championships in Los Alcazares, Spain: I was having a pretty solid day at the 100km World Championships until the last 20k. Hit 50k in ~3:22:30 and then dropped the pace the next couple 10k loops, and was looking pretty good for a 6:45 or so. But then my hamstrings started seizing up on me right before 80k. Had to take some

Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race and Mt. Everest Challenge Marathon race report

Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race ultramarathon India running Nepal

Once again, organizers of the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race and Mt. Everest Challenge Marathon have produced a perfectly orchestrated event, in spite of this ultramarathon taking place in a logistically challenged country. Registration is restricted at this race, especially in recent years, as one of the huts where racers stay at the race high point at Sandakphu (3636 m/12,000’) has burnt down. For 2016 – the 26th running of this race – there were 36 entrants. Six of those

Cape Wrath Ultra, Scotland: 400 hard-earned km over eight days

Near-perfect weather conditions led to a higher-than-predicted finish rate for Scotland’s inaugural Cape Wrath Ultra – a 400 km staged ultramarathon through the rugged Scottish Highlands. Race report by Press Release, photos by Ian Corless. Marcus Scotney (UK), ran down the track towards the Cape Wrath lighthouse at 11:05 on Sunday 29th May, and was cheered into the finish of the first Cape Wrath Ultra™ by a small group of fellow runners, media, and race staff. Running strongly, he arrived in the lighthouse

Scotland’s Cape Wrath Ultra starts tomorrow: 400 km in eight days (with a bit of mountain!)

[By Rob Howard,] The inaugural Cape Wrath Ultra is about to begin and it is going to take 95 brave ultra runners on the journey of lifetime through the wild landscapes of North-West Scotland. The race is organised by Ourea Events, the company which revived the Dragon’s Back Race in Wales so successfully in 2012. That race is justifiably renowned as one of the world’s toughest multi-day ultras and the Cape Wrath Ultra is of the same pedigree –

Fat Dog 120 mile DNF: A story of both defeat and new inspiration

[By Karl Woll] Fat Dog 120 officially broke me, physically and mentally. For the first time in 55 races over the 5 years I’ve been running, I towed the start line of a race and was unable to drag my sorry ass over the finish line. I had met my match, and I posted my first DNF. As disappointing and upsetting as it was to walk off the course defeated and missing my goal race for the year, there were

Gorge Waterfalls 100k ultramarathon race report: A dozen waterfalls along this scenic route

[By Dana Notman] 2016’s Gorge Waterfalls 100k race took place on Saturday, April 2, and the weather forecast for this ultramarathon was spectacular. We were going to experience something the Pacific Northwest hadn’t seen a lot of lately – sunshine and warm temperatures. With highs projected to reach 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 21C), I was pleased that there wouldn’t be too much mud, too many puddles, or a layer of dampness covering the rocky, technical trails we were going to

The Coastal Challenge: Six-day staged ultramarathon along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast

Ultramarathon runners who have completed MDS, and even a former Badwater champion, swear up and down that TCC is much harder! And don’t let the “coastal” part of The Coastal Challenge fool you: the route heads inland every day, up into the foothills of Costa Rica’s 3000+m Talamanca Range before coming back down. TCC is probably one of the toughest staged ultramarathons on the planet, between the nearly 10,000 m of elevation gain/loss and the extremely technical nature of the

Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon – a one-week staged race in record-setting heat!

The 16th running of the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, a 7-day 250 km staged ultramarathon, more than lived up to its name. South Africa’s Kalahari Desert is already a hot part of the world. Runners were warned to expect temperatures possibly into the 40s (and potentially down to freezing at night). But an unprecedented heat wave, seeing temperatures well into the mid-50s (around 130°F), created truly extreme conditions for racers – conditions that, for some, became life-threatening. The past few

The Golden Ultra: A tough but stunning three-day staged ultramarathon in the Canadian Rockies

Wow, what an experience! New races are always a bit risky to attend, but the Golden Ultra blew everyone away, both for the incredible mountain routes we travelled and for its like-clockwork organization. The Golden Ultra is a three-day staged ultramarathon, which takes place in the Rocky Mountains of central British Columbia – around an 8-hour drive west from Vancouver, or around 2.5 hours east from Calgary. The race is centred around the town of Golden (pop. 4000, elevation 758

Eight Lessons From My First DNF: A Very Belated Leona Divide 50 Race Report

Crista Scott shares the lessons she learned from her first DNF at the Leona Divide 50-mile ultramarathon, in Angeles National Forest near Lake Hughes, southern California last April. This article was originally published on her blog: Lesson #1: “Sometimes races go as planned; more often than not, however, the unexpected happens.” Laz, Founder of the Barkely Marathons. Leona Divide was the first race I ever signed up for that I didn’t really know if I could finish. The race entry

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